Serial entrepreneur. A degree in applied mathematics. Chief executive of the Russia’s top search engine. Leader of an $8 billion company with more than double Google’s share of searches. And a thoroughly nice man to boot. Yandex CEO Arkady Volozh has been chosen as GQ Russia’s Businessman of the Year … and Man of the Year. He will adorn the coveted GQ cover which has previously featured supermodel Natalia Vodianova, actor Tom Cruise, and male heartthrob Ryan Gosling.
Yandex has seen a 24 percent gain in its stock price this year. Its search market share in Russia is close to Google’s in the U.S. at 60 percent, which the company credits to its deep understanding of Russian language, culture, and web users.
Building on its success, Yandex has just launched its own web browser and is working with Apple on iOS6 maps — and will replace Google as the default search engine in mobile Safari. A little more star power courtesy GQ Russian certain can’t hurt.